Have you heard the latest news? Coconut oil is now BAD for you! At least, that is the latest news. For the past few years, coconut oil has been the biggest and best thing since sliced bread. I’m sure you have heard of all the many benefits of coconut oil – it helps speed up your metabolism, helps brighten your teeth, helps control yeast, prevents colds, and even repels insects.
Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) came out with a new report that concluded that coconut oil is not healthy for you because it is high in saturated fat. The fact that it is high in saturated fat is true!
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As I work to complete my studies toward my nutrition certification, I have been studying the makeup of coconut oil. I will not bore you with all the scientific terms but will attempt to explain to you how AHA came to that conclusion.
Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat.¹ For years, doctors and researchers have reported the link between saturated fat and high cholesterol and heart disease. That is why we replaced lard and butter in our cooking with monounsaturated oils like olive oil and sesame oil.
However, even though coconut oil is high in saturated fat, other factors of its makeup offers potential benefits to consumers. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is metabolized faster by the body and helps increase energy levels. In addition, lauric acid has antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial agents.² That’s why applying coconut oil to wounds speeds up the healing process and prevents infections. So, coconut oil does have benefits.
Personally, I am skeptical of diets that require you to ingest 2 – 3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day. Remember, everything in moderation!
However, I do use coconut oil in my cooking, especially when I stir-fry vegetables, because it doesn’t smoke like other vegetable oils. Even olive oil loses its health benefits during the cooking process. Coconut oil is also great when cooking omelets!
Here’s a delicious recipe that I fixed the other day with coconut oil. It was approved by the Nicholas family!
I also use coconut oil in my beauty regimen – I apply it to my hair, to my daughter’s hair, and to my hands. It’s a great massage oil and a great base for essential oils. So, lather up!
Don’t give up on coconut oil just yet – just use it moderately!
Try BetterBody Foods Virgin Organic Coconut Oil for your cooking and your beauty regimen.
¹ “Macronutrients: Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats”; Center of Excellence; pg. 9
² Brandon, Britt; “Coconut Oil for Health”; Adams Media; pg. 10